25 July 2021

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Sparrows

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020
Brewer’s Sparrow, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 02 September 2020.
Brewer’s Sparrow.

Still having a little trouble with Utah sparrow IDs. The varieties are plentiful, but few are familiar species I know from back in Maine (e.g., Chipping Sparrow, Song Sparrow). Black-throated Sparrow was an easy lifer back in spring, and I’ve come to know the Brewer’s Sparrow fairly well, I think.

Saw a pair of Brewer’s at the end of today’s hike with dog. (I think one was a youngster, not sure.)

Yesterday I got a photo of what looked like a cross between a Brewer’s and a Clay-colored Sparrow—but the latter would’ve been uncommon. (Perhaps a youngster. Got no ID.) But there are plenty more that I have yet to see.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:59 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Rock Pigeon
2. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
4. Spotted Towhee
5. Black-billed Magpie*
6. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
7. Downy Woodpecker (v)
8. Black-capped Chickadee
9. House Finch*
10. Mourning Dove
11. Brewer’s Sparrow
12. Lesser Goldfinch*

Elsewhere

13. Eurasian Collared Dove (v)
14. California Quail

Mammals

Rock Squirrel

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

Sharpie Stalk

Monday, August 24th, 2020
Sharp-shinned Hawk, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 24 August 2020.
Sharp-shinned Hawk.

Sneaking down to the bluff this morning—the bluff overlooking the basin, a regular first stop on my daily hike with dog—I surprised a little Sharp-shinned Hawk perched in a stubby scrub oak. The hawk flew back toward the mountain but didn’t top the rise, I saw, so I crept toward it along a deer trail and spied it perched in another scrub oak not too far away.

Had I not been sneaking, the hawk would’ve flow long before I got within twelve or fifteen feet of it. Had I not followed its flight, I wouldn’t have noticed its failure to top the rise. Had I not bothered to creep toward it (despite the distance), I’d’ve never got its photo.

A birder’s instinct, I reckon.

Grandeur Peak Area List
Beginning at 7:59 a.m., I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Mourning Dove*
2. House Finch*
3. Swallow (sp)
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
5. Black-billed Magpie*
6. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
7. Western Kingbird
8. Spotted Towhee
9. Sharp-shinned Hawk
10. Black-capped Chickadee
11. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
12. Broad-tailed Hummingbird

Elsewhere

13. Rock Pigeon
14. Eurasian Collared Dove (v)
15. Lesser Goldfinch
16. California Quail

Mammals

Mountain Cottontail

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

 
Bird Report is a (sometimes intermittent) record of the birds I encounter while hiking, see while driving, or spy outside my window. —Brian Willson



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